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Old Man Winter is almost upon us once again. Keeping your home warm for the coming months should be among your top priorities before cold comes. This means ensuring that your heating system – your hot water boiler, heat pump, or gas furnace – is in working order and won’t bail on you.
When you are trying to decide what type of heating to put into your Cleveland home, you should consider all of the available choices. This is because there are five different main heating types on which your heating system can run. Budget obviously plays a role in your selection, but lifestyle and climate help to determine which the more practical source for your family is as well.
Wood Burning Heat
Wood log burning woodstove heat can be operated at no cost at all if you have easy access to a free source of wood and a good chainsaw. It does cost somewhere between $1,500 and $5,000 to put in a new woodstove. The wide pricing variance has to do with whether or not you already have a chimney and the style of stove you buy.
As a homeowner in Cleveland, OH, you know that it is important to prepare for the cold weather and heavy lake effect snows that often fall across the city. Cleveland’s proximity to Lake Erie means that winter arrives a bit earlier than in the rest of Ohio, and it is more intense and lasts longer as well. These HVAC tips will help you prepare your heating system for winter.
A professional HVAC service should be your first stop in winterizing your heating system. An HVAC contractor will do an inspection to make sure that all of your furnace’s or heat pump’s parts are working correctly. This service is essential in detecting potential dangers such as malfunctioning natural gas supply valves. Having an inspection done in the autumn by Cleveland heating and air conditioning experts allows for enough time to schedule any needed repairs.
R.J. Heating and Cooling is partnering up with Columbia Gas of Ohio to give our customers instant discounts when they install qualifying high-efficiency systems in their homes. West Cleveland, Ohio customers will get a $300 instant discount for a 96%+ efficient natural gas furnace and an instant discount of $350 for a 90%+ efficient natural gas boiler. Simply contact a participating contractor like R.J. Mechanical to install new qualifying heating equipment and we will deduct the rebate from your invoice. The program will only run until December 31, 2016.
Heat pumps are seen as suitable alternatives for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems that make use of split ducts and furnaces. They are chiefly designed to re-channel heat and move it to where it is needed, or not needed, depending on the season. Choosing the right heat pump to be part of your HVAC system may require the expertise and knowledge of a professional contractor.
Determining the right heat pump size for your home will require some calculations. According to HVAC experts, sizing for the heat pump starts by taking the overall floor area of the room in square footage, and converting this measurement into tons of capacity. As 1,000 square feet needs a heat pump that can generate 1.5 tons of capacity, multiply its equivalent in pounds and divide it against the room’s area.
The weather roller coaster in Cleveland OH means a gradual dipping of temperatures. As the last quarter of the year of the year looms on the horizon, it’s time to consider fixing up or upgrading your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. To guarantee the best results, make sure you work with HVAC professionals.
“Leak? I Don’t See Any Leak…”
The first step in an HVAC upgrade is to have a professional energy audit program for your home. The object is to reevaluate every inch of the house for potential signs of heat loss due to issues like cracked insulation or lack of UV-resistant windows. One method in such an audit, an HGTV article states, is to pressurize the house and force the appearance of any gaps.
Summer might be an odd time for people to think about replacing their furnaces. Not so for Northeast Ohio, our heating and cooling service area. (You know it’s Cleveland when you have the air conditioner on at daytime and the furnace on at nighttime. Also, it won’t be longer until the weather turns again.
With this in mind, we here at R.J. Mechanical continuously look for ways to make it easier for our clients to replace their heating systems. We are proud to serve you as a certified ally of the Columbia Gas High Efficiency Heating System Replacement Program. Through this program, Columbia Gas of Ohio partners up with renowned heating and cooling contractors to ease up heating system replacement for property owners.